I like to add a nice short story about whisteling I experienced recently:
As you know I was working as a machinist at a machine-factories assembly. Well, there wasn?t much noise and it?s been pretty clean there. While working one of the machinists started imitating a birds voice. Step by step every of the other ten machinists started imitating another birds voice, too. So that If you would have entered the hall you might have been reminded to a birds cage at the zoo. 8)
Fortunately, no of the chiefs started beating about the bush. They surely were happy to hold us in their hands.
By the way, I’d have said ‘That would make you a whistler’s mother/daughter’. Are you using ‘whistler’ as a kind of proper noun here?
I’m also an ear mover (flapper?)'s mum and daughter! And, since we’re at it, my daughter is able to do all those funny things with her tongue, as described in a previous thread. The only ‘different’ thing I can do with it is ‘click’ the popcorn song (really loudly)…
I liked your funny anecdote, Michael! :lol:
Have you checked the meaning of ‘beating about/around the bush’? I don’t really understand what you mean by it here. :?
Googling the idiom beat about the bush I found this.
In that sense I tried to refer to the manner of some chairmen of companies to seperate people who have fun while working as work don?t have to be beautiful in their mind and also like you know me I tried to be a bit flippant.
I got your point now – you used the phrase in a more literal meaning. You’re right about (too) many people thinking that work and fun must never go hand in hand. It’s a shame really, as the two concepts are not necessarily at odds with each other: What’s more, they are often a happy combination (never better said) that can even increase productivity.